State science academy adds two WSU researchers

August 18,2014

PULLMAN, Wash. – The Washington State Academy of Sciences (WSAS), established by the state legislature as an important technical resource for policymakers, recently added two Washington State University researchers to its ranks.

Chen-Ching Liu, Boeing distinguished professor in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, was elected to the general membership. Sue Clark, Regent’s professor in the Department of Chemistry, was elected to the WSAS Board of Directors.

Liu is an international leader in smart grid research and a pioneer in development of decision support systems for power system restoration following major outages.

WSU professor measures success on grid and in students

Saturday, July 26, 2014
By Shanon Quinn, Moscow Pullman Daily News

Inky darkness spreads across the sky in early evening, sheets of rain beat staccato against the roof, thunder shakes the house's very foundation and then the lights go out, the heater shuts down and the half-cooked evening meal cools in the oven.

When power returns as quickly as it was extinguished, you may want to thank Chen-Ching Liu.

A simulation in Chen-Ching Liu’s laboratory shows a map of the power grid in Florida.

Photograph by Geoff Crimmins/Daily News

WSU Undergraduate Research Heats Up while Students Cool Down Computers


By Jared Brickman, Edward R. Murrow College of Communication

PULLMAN, Wash. — Behind the quiet whir of our computers and beneath the flashing screens of our cell phones lies hardware soaking up power and giving off heat.  That can be a major problem – one to the tune of 100 billion kilowatt hours of energy used each year, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Ten undergraduates from around the country, including four from Washington State University, are working on projects this summer with WSU faculty and graduate students in Pullman to tackle the issue of power efficiency in computing through a National Science Foundation (NSF) sponsored Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU).

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